Westland cuts payout forecast

Westland Milk Factory in Hokitika.

West Coast dairy co-operative lowers its farmer payout forecast by 40c after succumbing to a global dairy glut.

Living and loving life

Mark Fagan in the cattle yards. The cattle are so quiet they come to his call.

In the deepest darkest area of King Country, Mark Fagan has discovered and farms a slice of paradise.

Growing drought insurance

GROWING INSURANCE: Cyril Brownlee in his new pea and oats crop on fertile flats south of Wairoa.

Drought insurance is one of the reasons Cyril Brownlie is trying out a pea and oats crop this season.

Newcomers win award

Southland Dairy Business of the Year winners are former sheep farmers Roger and Rosemary Hamilton.

Former sheep farmers win Southland's coveted Dairy Business of the Year award.

NZ lessons pay dividends

Chilean agronomist and sheep breeder Daniel Delorenzo at Ida Valley Station during his 10th visit to NZ in 14 years to meet with Kiwi scientists, consultants and sheep farmers.

Lambing percentages have rocketed since a Chilean farmer introduced New Zealand genetics.

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opinion

Farm cadet scheme needed

Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: The conversation around agri-education has stepped up a gear.

The end of the line

There are few absolutes in modern marketing, but when you hear anyone starting to simplistically talk about above and below the line, It's time to walk away.

It's all about the community

More than one 'drongo'

dairy

Dairy farmers brace for tougher times

LOOKING FOR SHELTER: A dairy cow seems to cast an anxious look skyward at an approaching storm.

12:00 PM  Manawatu farmers are bracing for the announcement of a lower Fonterra milk payout next month.

Newcomers win coveted award

Former sheep farmers win Southland's Dairy Business of the Year award.

Westland Milk Factory in Hokitika.

Westland cuts payout forecast

West Coast dairy co-operative lowers its farmer payout forecast by 40c to a range of $5 to $5.40 a kilogram of milksolids after succumbing to a global oversupply of dairy products.

beef

Living and loving life

Mark Fagan in the cattle yards. The cattle are so quiet they come to his call.

In the deepest darkest area of King Country, Mark Fagan has discovered and farms a slice of paradise.

Big jump in calf cull

NZ's bobby calf kill was up nearly 10 per cent this spring compared to last year.

LOOKING FOR SHELTER: A dairy cow seems to cast an anxious look skyward at an approaching storm.

Foreign investment fuels growth

OPINION: Greater transparency on overseas investment would help inform the debate around it.

Sheep

Woman key in sheep slaughter

Sheep

12:00 PM  Woman who was key figure in the slaughter and theft of 16 sheep played the pokies while three male friends did the dirty work.

NZ lessons pay dividends

Lambing percentages have rocketed since a Chilean farmer introduced New Zealand genetics.

Mark Fagan in the cattle yards. The cattle are so quiet they come to his call.

Living and loving life

In the deepest darkest area of King Country, Mark Fagan has discovered and farms a slice of paradise.

cropping

Weather hits asparagus growers

Asparagus farm owned by George Turney, Kauwhatu Valley near Mangaweka.

Asparagus grower says in his 25 years growing the spears, he has never had such a difficult year.

US demand for $2 apples

A fruit nursery expects to sell a unique apple variety to the United States market for $2 per apple.

GROWING INSURANCE: Cyril Brownlee in his new pea and oats crop on fertile flats south of Wairoa.

Growing drought insurance

Drought insurance is one of the reasons Wairoa farmer Cyril Brownlie is trying out a pea and oats crop this season.

agribusiness

Kiwi to put squeeze on foreign olives

Olives

NZ's largest olive oil producer will look to capitalise on Europe's disastrous olive harvest.

Fined for 'sickly' storage smell

A New Plymouth company has been fined after causing a stink at Port Taranaki last year.

LOOKING FOR SHELTER: A dairy cow seems to cast an anxious look skyward at an approaching storm.

Foreign investment fuels growth

OPINION: Greater transparency on overseas investment would help inform the debate around it.

Discovery

'Weak as a kitten'

Marcus and Kirsty Kynoch on their Central Hawke's Bay farm with their three boys, from left, Harry, Benjamin and Oliver.

Don't just presume you have the flu ... wise words from a man whose flu turned out to be the debilitating disease leptospirosis.

'Don't sweat it out'

Central Hawke's Bay vet Richard Hilson knows only too well what it feels like to have leptospirosis.

MORE RESEARCH: A funding application is under way to do more research into the effects of leptospirosis on dairy cows, says Professor Peter Wilson of Massey University.

Disease warning

The insidious and debilitating disease leptospirosis is probably more common than we think.

rural women

Woman key in sheep slaughter

Sheep

12:00 PM  Woman who was key figure in the slaughter and theft of 16 sheep played the pokies while three male friends did the dirty work.

Beekeeper buzzing over award

A Marlborough beekeeper is still buzzing over her win at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

Access HomeHealth

$18m boost for rural women

Rural Women NZ has picked up a windfall $18m from the sale of its shares in Access Homehealth.

Video

Homeware hauled from habour

Chairs, a table, television and even a season of Baywatch on DVD have been fished out of Wellington harbour.

advice

Safety leadership urged

Quad bike, 4wd

Farm owners told they have to set examples for workers to follow if they are to establish a successful on-farm health and safety policy.

Succession is a serious business

Leave the sentiment out of planning the handover of a farm to a new generation, a succession planner advises.

Ready to sign

'Do your homework first'

Farmers need to know what they are taking on when signing sharemilking agreements.

aquaculture

'Story of sustainability'

FISH FINDER:  Yellow Brick Road managing director Rachel Taulelei believes consumers should be able to point to where their food was caught, how it was caught, and by who, and that producers can get the proper value for their goods in doing so.

Rachel Taulelei wants consumers to have more conversations about the seafood they are eating.

Producer chases Asian markets

A salmon producer is diversifying after a year of near-record high exchange rates.

Court generic NZ

King Salmon ordered to pay costs

Environmental groups have won a costs argument against NZ King Salmon in the Supreme Court.

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